France 1575-9 teston

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1115
This specimen was lot 1115 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
" FRANCE, Royaume, Henri III (1574-1589), AR teston, 15759, Rennes. A l'effigie et au titre de Charles IX. D/ B. l. et cuir. à g. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux C couronnés. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry III, 1574-89, silver teston of 1575, Rennes mint, with the effigy and name of Charles IX. Obverse: laureate and armored bust left; reverse: crowned arms between two crowned "C's". Fine - Very Fine.)"
This is the first teston struck for Henry III but bears the effigy and name of his dead brother Charles IX. It was struck 1575-76 at nine mints and was worth 12 sols tournois. Note the date in Roman numerals.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.598 g, .899 fine silver, this specimen 9,43 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1100; Ci. -; Laf. -.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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